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Duets: The Final Chapter
     

Duets: The Final Chapter

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by The Notorious B.I.G.
 

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It's been more than eight years since the music world lost Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, and with Duets: The Final Chapter, Sean "Diddy" Combs pays homage to his fallen friend. Featuring some of hip-hop's best producers and top-selling artists, the project updates some of Biggie's notable verses and rare freestyles, resulting in a wide array of

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It's been more than eight years since the music world lost Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, and with Duets: The Final Chapter, Sean "Diddy" Combs pays homage to his fallen friend. Featuring some of hip-hop's best producers and top-selling artists, the project updates some of Biggie's notable verses and rare freestyles, resulting in a wide array of tracks that live up to the Brooklyn MC's legacy. Although the disc relies on music that's been in the can for some years, the Duets here -- such as "1970 Something," with the Game and Faith Evans, "Mi Casa," featuring R. Kelly and Charlie Wilson -- sound surprisingly fresh and current. The haunting Jay-Z collaboration "Whatchu Want" suggests vintage Biggie, spotlighting his knack for delivering rhymes full of vivid imagery and witty punch lines. The same can be said for "Ultimate Rush," where Missy Elliott skillfully sculpts her rhymes around Big's lyrics to pull off a sex-filled call-and-response that feels like the MCs were actually in the vocal booth together. More highlights include collaborations with other deceased artists like Big Pun ("Get Your Grind On"), Bob Marley ("Hold Ya Head"), and Biggie's friend-turned-foe Tupac Shakur ("Living in Pain"). Ultimately, Duets succeeds in reminding us why we'll always love Big Poppa. Kwamé Hunter

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
The weight of Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy is so profound that most major rap MCs and R&B singers alive -- and some who are dead -- are willing to be attached to it in whatever form possible. It could also be argued that anyone with the means is more than willing to profit from it in a monetary way. Here's Duets: The Final Chapter, released just before Christmas Day 2005, following 1999's Born Again, which was released just before Christmas Day 1999. Like Born Again, Duets takes bits of unused material from the late legend, and that can entail full-blown verses, looped declarations, or punctuative interjections. On some tracks, Biggie's presence is no more prominent than a handclap or a snare hit. Check the lead track "It Has Been Said," where he's limited to "what," "ungh," "yeah," "ha-ha," "uh-huh." If you can get past the fact that a lot of tracks barely feature the headliner, or listen without imagining the original contexts of the patched-together scraps, Duets can be sporadically riveting. The list of guests is overwhelming, with Jay-Z, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, R. Kelly, T.I., Slim Thug, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott, the Clipse, Snoop Dogg, and Freeway representing roughly half of the involved. Only a few tracks contain significant Biggie contributions, and it's not as if they provide any further insight or add to his long-established legend. Many of his vocals are not pulled from professional studio-quality recordings, which only makes them sound more displaced. Perhaps Korn's Jonathan Davis put it best when he told Billboard about the project: "It's f*ckin' weird to be doing a song with someone who is deceased!" His description applies to what it's like to listen to the disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2005
Label:
Bad Boy
UPC:
0075678388521
catalogNumber:
83885
Rank:
72530

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Notorious B.I.G.   Primary Artist
Karen Anderson   Vocals
Sandra Park   Conductor
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Voletta Wallace   Vocals
Rob Mathis   Conductor
Makeba Riddick   Vocals
Ebony Black   Vocals
Capricorn Clark   Vocals
DJ Scram Jones   scratching
T Yanna Dream Wallace   Vocals
Steve King   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Rita Marley   Composer
Jerry Butler   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Barbara Mason   Composer
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Notorious B.I.G.   Executive Producer
Craig Mack   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
Mary J. Blige   Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey   Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer
Jonathan Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Finesse   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Jalacy Hawkins   Composer
Joseph Jones   Composer
Diana King   Composer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
Mike T.   Engineer
Sandra Park   String Arrangements
Luis Resto   Producer
Atticus Ross   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Dean Taylor   Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Mario Winans   Composer,Producer
Korn   Composer
Michael Berman   Engineer,Vocal Tracking
Faith Evans   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Nasheim Myrick   Composer
Cliff Harris   Composer
Chris Martin   Composer
Havoc   Producer,Audio Production
Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie   Composer
Stevie J.   Audio Production
Jazze Pha   Producer,Audio Production
Carlos "6 July" Broady   Composer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Rashad Smith   Composer
Kelly Price   Composer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Andre Harris   Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Henderson   Composer
Fat Joe   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Brandon Casey   Composer
Brian Casey   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Knight   Composer
Harve Pierre   Producer,Executive Producer
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Jason Carson   Engineer
Christopher Wallace   Composer
J. Smith   Producer,Audio Production
PR Breakz   Composer
Vidal Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Cornell Brown   Engineer
Chris Gilbert   Engineer
Tatsuya Sato   Engineer
Sean Cane   Producer,Audio Production
Voletta Wallace   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
DJ Green Lantern   Producer
Dave Hyman   Engineer
Ryan West   Engineer
Joe Hooker   Audio Production
Tony Campana   Engineer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Composer
Jason Phillips   Composer
Clinton Sparks   Producer,Audio Production
Danja Mowf   Producer
David Frederic   Engineer
Chink Santana   Audio Production
Tupac Shakur   Composer
Rob Mathis   String Arrangements
Daniel Betancourt   Engineer
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   Engineer
King James   Engineer
Nico Solis   Engineer
Nasir "Nas" Jones   Composer
Josh Monroy   Engineer
Scram Jones   Producer,Audio Production
Nate Oberman   Engineer
Corte Ellis   Engineer
Aliaune "Akon" Thiam   Composer
Nathaniel "Danjahandz" Hills   Audio Production
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Bryan Ellis   Engineer
LaRon James   Composer
Victor Abijaudi   Engineer
Wayne Barrow   Producer,Executive Producer
John Bedo   Engineer
Rogers   Engineer
Elizabeth Rosen   Illustrations
Candi Shand   Marketing
Eric "Erk" Vargas   Engineer
Juelz Venguer   Engineer
Ruben "Swift" Vidal   Engineer
Daniel Mitchell   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Jayceon Taylor   Composer
Leroy Watson   Composer
Steve Fisher   Engineer
Stephen Garrett   Composer
Coptic   Audio Production
J-Dub   Audio Production
Reefa   Audio Production
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production
Kim Jones   Composer

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